16th St. Basin Garbage

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Dubuque 16th Street Basin Cleanup

Sunday, 4/21/24

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The 16th Street Basin is an important stopping point for migratory birds.  This basin drains directly into the Mississippi River.  Unfortunately this area is littered with thousands of plastic bottles, cans, etc.  Please join Dubuque Audubon as we attempt to put a dent in this trash buildup.  Gloves and bags will be provided.  Please meet at the 16th St. basin overlook pavilion by 2 pm to help.


Anyone interested in birdwatching, nature, or the quality of the environment is welcome to become a member of the Dubuque Audubon Society.

Our tri-state region is a great place for birds, and one of the great things about birds is that you can enjoy them at all levels of involvement.  You may be surprised how many different species we have in the area at different times of year and how quickly you can begin to identify many of them once you start looking.  (Binoculars help!)  Any time of year is a great time to be a birder, and we hope you’ll join us!

Our Mission

The mission of the Dubuque Audubon Society is to provide educational opportunities to the people of the tri-state area and to preserve the natural habitat of birds and other wildlife.

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Dubuque Audubon Annual Spring Species Count

Saturday, 5/11/24

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Join us for our annual fun day of spring birding!  You’re welcome to spend as much or as little time as you like.  We’ll meet up for a potluck picnic at the end of the day.  (For those who might want to plan ahead for other years, we traditionally hold this event on the Saturday before Mother’s Day.)

This event is free, and no birding experience is required.  Audubon guides will be on hand to help you identify species.  Binoculars are recommended.

Arrive as early as 6 AM for birding around the Julien Dubuque Monument, but be sure to arrive in the monument parking lot by 8 AM if you want to continue to other locations.*  

After 8 AM, we’re no longer guaranteed to be in the monument area.  We’ll likely start on some trails at Mines of Spain, and we’ll drive between locations.  Some may opt to go out to lunch and continue birding into the afternoon, where the destination will be determined as we go.

At 5 PM, we’ll gather at Swiss Valley Park (not to be confused with Swiss Valley Nature Center) for a potluck picnic at the Sycamore Pavilion.  We’ll provide brats and hotdogs, and we’ll tabulate the birding results.  To help with our planning, please give us your brat and/or hot dog counts no later than noon on the day before, either by filling out a Contact Us form or by sending an email to AudubonDubuqueWeb@gmail.com.  If you birded with us for part of the day, we’d be glad to have you return for the picnic!  Optionally bring a dish to pass and/or table service, but neither are required!  Bottled water will be provided.

* If you cannot arrive by 8 AM, you may make other arrangements by filling out a Contact Us form or by emailing AudubonDubuqueWeb@gmail.com no later than noon on the day before. 

Recently Completed Project


Tree Planting at Mines of Spain SRA

On Sunday, April 14, 2024, Dubuque Audubon volunteers planted 16 Eastern White Pines and 20 Chokecherry trees at Mines of Spain State Recreation Area.  These trees were purchased from the Iowa DNR State Forest Nursery through Audubon member donations.  These native trees will provide important nesting locations and food sources for a variety of birds and other wildlife once they mature!

Eastern White Pine
Eastern White Pine
Chokecherry Trees (in tubes)
Chokecherry Trees (in tubes)

Calendar of Events

We hold monthly meetings from September through May, with programs on a variety of topics related to nature and the environment.

We also hold an annual Christmas bird count, an annual Duck Waddle trip to Green Island, and an annual spring species count, and we offer additional field trips throughout the year.  

You can tailor your birding to your interest and activity level, and all levels of experience are welcome.

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March 2024
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